Jen's "I prefer not to eat" list
- Anything fennel flavored
- Mushrooms on pizza
- Corn that's not on the cob
- Canned salmon
Overall, I would not consider myself a picky eater. I like spicy food and I'm fairly adventurous with my choices. I will try just about anything once (except, again, for things with a big gross factor). I can't remember if I was picky as a child, but I do know that I didn't like sausage patties or links at breakfast and I wouldn't go near green peppers. I believe that as we grow older we either appreciate more diverse flavors or we can just taste things less and therefore things are more palatable.
I know that something I cook passes the Picky Eater Test if my stepdaughter will eat it. She is the ultimate (and increasingly) picky eater and it's important to me to find things she will like. I mentioned to my friend K.C. (who got married in this past July) that I was trying to find new meals to make and she passed along a recipe that was Picky Eater Tested by her husband and stepson.
I'm forever grateful to K.C. for giving this recipe to me because not only was it well-received by my picky eater, but it was extremely quick and easy to prepare. I appreciating having a friend who really gets where I'm coming from.
I threw in some grape tomatoes that our friend Luke gave us last week. The tomato added a nice flavor and a pop of freshness that balanced the creamy sauce. My stepdaughter didn't eat the tomatoes, but this pasta was a nice compromise between Adventurous (me) and Picky (her).
Linguine with Romano and Mascarpone
loosely adapted from Thirty Minute Pasta (though I've never seen the original)
serves 4 as a main course and 6 as a side dish
8 oz of linguine (or any pasta)
4 tbsp mascarpone
3 tbsp grated Romano cheese, plus more for garnish
1 egg yolk
1 tsp fresh thyme (or 1/2 tsp dried thyme)
salt & pepper
1/4 pound grape tomatoes
Bring a pot of water to boil. Cook the linguine to al denté. In a large bowl, mix together mascarpone, Romano cheese, egg yolk, and thyme. Add 1-2 tbsp pasta water to the cheese mixture until sauce is creamy. Drain pasta and add to the bowl with cheese mixture. Salt & pepper to taste. Slice grape tomatoes in half and toss with pasta.
Serve warm with grated Romano cheese.